Hydrangeas and Roses are classic summer blooms that make beautiful centerpieces in vases or gardens. Their thick stems may wilt under pressure; therefore it’s essential that arrangements be done carefully so as not to waste precious blooms.
Hydrangeas and roses add elegance to any tablescape or flower arrangement when presented fresh and crisp, pairing well with other floral types such as peonies, lilies and delphiniums. Garden flowers such as foxgloves and hollyhocks also pair nicely. False hydrangea vine (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) makes an interesting addition, providing another dimension of color than white blooms alone.
Hydrangeas produce their flowers in round clusters known as flower heads (corymbs or panicles), located at the ends of stems. Each flowerhead usually consists of small non-showy fertile flowers surrounded by larger, showier sterile ones arranged in rings around smaller, less colorful blooms; wild hydrangeas typically contain only few such showy blossoms while cultivars bred specifically to produce larger-flowered cultivars tend to produce many more in their flowerheads than wild counterparts.
Some varieties of hydrangeas, like the ‘Annabelle’ and smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), produce huge clusters of flowers resembling basketballs! Their easy to spot flowers make identification simple; blooming for two months in full sun to partial shade conditions while performing best when planted in well-drained, acidic soil.
Hydrangea paniculata), is another variety of hydrangea that produces stunning cone-shaped blooms in spring that range in color from white to vibrant pink, red or even lime in fall. They need at least six hours of dappled sunlight each day for best performance and prefer well-drained and evenly moist soil that has an acidic pH level between 4-7 – however water requirements must remain moderate; excessive amounts must never cause soggy soil conditions.
Bigleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) are beloved blooms that boast huge, rounded flowers in either white or pink depending on soil pH levels, making them hardy through zone 5 and often found in flower arrangements due to their size. Bigleafs can be difficult to keep looking their best in certain climate zones due to blooming on old wood, making them vulnerable to late spring frosts that kill their buds and prevent blooming altogether.
Once you’ve identified which variety of hydrangea or rose you have, the next step should be learning how to take care of it. Read up on any specific care instructions that apply and you’ll soon have an amazing garden full of these beautiful blossoms!